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Signs You May Need Foundation Repair

bigstock-Cement-Cracks-8324735Your home requires regular maintenance to keep it in good shape, and there are lots of different things to think about. With the polar vortex keeping Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and pretty much the entire northeast in a deep freeze, it’s hard to think about things beyond heat, shelter, and safety. But your home is only as strong as its foundation, and the winter can put your foundation under some very severe stress.

Leaking foundations and basement problems don’t usually show up as huge waterfalls pouring through the walls. Instead, they’re much more subtle – but no less important to take care of. There are a few signs you can look for that could help you determine whether or not you are having water leakage and foundation problems. If so, foundation repair may be needed. Here are a few things to look for.

Dark SpotsIf your basement is unfinished, you likely have concrete or block walls. Look for areas where the concrete is darker. It may not even feel wet to the touch, but those dark areas could be moisture within the material.

Damp, Musty SmellYour nose can tell you a lot, too. A dank, musky smell can be a sign that moisture buildup is occurring in your home.

Mold GrowthSimilar to the darker spots, mold growth will be more noticeable. Mold will only grow in moist environments, so if you see it you’ll need to start considering your options – for removing the mold as well as for stopping the moisture that is causing it.

AA Action Waterproofing can help with any foundation issue you may have, whether it’s cracks, leaking, mold remediation services, or something else entirely. However, while knowing that the above signs could mean you need help, remember that preventing them from ever occurring is still an option that will save you time, hassle, and money in the long run. With that in mind, don’t hesitate to contact us if you spot any of the issues above – or before.

This entry was posted in Structural Damage on February, 14, 2014